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Oxford County is considering a change to the existing commercial and industrial vacant unit
tax rebate program. Under the proposal, the vacant unit tax rebate program would be
phased-out over a three year period, beginning in 2018.

The vacant unit rebate would be eliminated over the current four-year property assessment
cycle to allow affected property owners to manage the rebate reduction into future budgets.
The intent of this policy change is to incent use of vacant properties that could either be
sold and put into active use, or rented by lowering fees and/or mixed with multi-use rentals
including residential which would result in more vibrant and sustainable communities.

There are no proposed changes to the 30-35% sub-class discounts for commercial and
industrial property tax classes (vacant/excess lands) respectively due to the economic
development competitive advantage for our region and the fact that these vacant/excess
lands impose less demand on municipal service levels.
 
Oxford County is receiving comments on the proposed changes until June 15, 2017
 
All comments received by the deadline will form part of a staff report to Oxford County Council on June 28, 2017.
 
At that meeting, Council will give final consideration to a locally designed vacant unit rebate policy for a submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance by the July 1, 2017 deadline.
 
Visit oxfordcounty.ca/speakup for more information and to submit your comment.
 
You can also send a written submission by June 15, 2017 to:
 
County of Oxford
P.O. Box 1614, 21 Reeve Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 7Y3

www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakout

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